Homesteading and Livestock

Self-reliance and sustainability in the 21st century.

Add to My MSN

Master a Useful Skill: Welding

1/11/2008 12:00:00 AM


Owning a home frequently entails learning some skills, such as changing a faucet washer, cleaning a drain trap, replacing a light switch or pouring a cement slab. One skill that has the potential to be very useful but requires a fairly rigid set of fundamental techniques is welding. You can learn welding on your own, but a better way might be to learn from a friend or take a course at a local vocational school.

Why would you want to learn to weld, you may ask. You can repair metal objects or build new ones by welding. And if you enjoy fixing things yourself, are on a limited budget or just want to branch out into a new hobby, then learning the basics of welding could be beneficial.

Auto repair may come to mind when you think of welding, but it has many more uses — fixing or building fences, mailboxes, trailers and garden tools. And for the those with a whimsical bent — you can create your own unique metal yard art.

Welding is best done on a metal surface, not on a wooden workbench. This welding bench is a great beginning welding project that will provide you with an appropriate surface for your other welding projects.

You can read more articles on welding by searching 'welding' at

Content Tools

Post a comment below.


Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.